Independent schools are more popular than ever, proven by rising numbers and increased efforts to widen access. Research released in January 2017 by the Independent Schools Council (ISC), which analysed the ‘mental toughness’ of students at UK independent schools, revealed that private school pupils scored well due to a broad curriculum, extra-curricular activities and excellent pastoral care.
However, independent schools often come under vast scrutiny: high expectations from a range of stakeholders, including parents and students, not to mention perennial media pressure. And with some independent schools offering boarding alongside day attendance, the emphasis on safeguarding in the Independent Schools Inspectorate framework has grown significantly. Now referencing the official safeguarding guidance outlined in KCSiE, alongside the UK government’s Prevent strategy, and guarding against bullying and harassment, means independent school’s duty of care is ever more prevalent.
Independent schools are well-known for providing exemplary pastoral care. In a recent report by HMC, however, 94% of independent schools reported misuse of social media and 83% reported cyberbullying as an issue. Wherever technology is involved, there’s always the added concern over online safety and potential risk. This academic year has also seen a stronger focus on safeguarding in new ISI inspection framework, including measures to support the Prevent strategy, guard against harassment and bullying (including cyberbullying), and seeking the views of both day-students and boarders.
Whether you’re teaching generation Y or generation Z, technology is well and truly ingrained in their everyday lives. It’s every independent school’s aim to offer a high-standard and personalised approach to each individual student’s learning requirements, both through curricular and extra-curricular areas. Whether your school is inspected by Ofsted, the Independent Schools Inspectorate, the School Inspection Service or another relevant organisation, demonstrating a high standard of teaching, learning and assessment remains paramount.
That’s where Impero’s range of cloud products, including Impero Education Pro, can help independent schools to manage and monitor devices, improve productivity and keep students safe.